Beauty: Is My Make-Up Out Of Date?

Every now and then I do a clear out of makeup and other cosmetics to make sure nothing is out of date!  Usually, it’s because I’ve used a foundation or liquid eyeliner (the worst offender!!), and I find it’s stinging my face or eyes.  I never knew why I was getting breakouts or eye irritations before discovering this!  When I’ve told people about this they never seem to know what I’m talking about so I thought I’d share it!

There are a few different websites you can use to do this, the one I use is  I have examples down the bottom if this page.

It is pretty self explanatory, but I’ll quickly run through it here too.  Basically, all of your cosmetics – makeup, moisturisers, perfumes even shampoo – have a batch code.  This batch code refers to the date that it was manufactured.

Going by when the product was produced, the website I mentioned above will tell you when it’s due to go out of date.  Provided you haven’t kept the products in direct sunlight or a warm place etc it’s pretty accurate!

Just a note: I’ve noticed with a lot of perfumes and high-end products the batch number is on the box it came with.

In general you can use the following guide to see when a product is going out of date:

Perfumes: 3 years max
Powders/Eye Shadow: 1-3 years (higher end products will last longer)
Foundation: 1-3 years
Mascara: 3-6 months
Liquid eyeliner: 3-4 months (Told you it was the worst offender!!)
Concealer: 1 year
Lip Products: 1 year
Pencils: 1 year max
Nail polish: 1 year
Sun Cream: 1 year
Face/Eye Creams:  6-10 months

So, here are some examples with my own products to show you where to find the batch code:


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This is actually the box of the first perfume Noel bought me haha!  I use it to keep “secret” things 😉 (memories and stuff)

This batch code refers to a manufacturing date of 28 July 2010. Perfumes generally have a shelf life of 36 months so THIS would be out of date if I still had it!

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This one came from 22 Oct 2013 so there’s still a good 32 months in this one! (It will NEVER last that long!)


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I purchased this last summer and only used it once, but it was reduced when I got it so I was worried it might have been close to it’s use by date!  I know bronzing products sometimes only have a life of 6 months once opened so I was a little worried!  This batch code shows it was manufactured in April 2013 so that means there’s 2 years left in this one… But as there’s a self tanner in it I’m not so sure!  I’ll probably never use it again anyway!!


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This is one that I tried the other day and I knew immediately that there was something wrong!  It was stinging my skin and felt awful!  Turns out it’s out of date since November! OOPS!

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This code shows that there’s a possible 1 month left in this!  I will probably be getting rid of this now anyway because there’s something not quite right about the scent of it at the moment and I don’t want to risk any break outs!

Shampoo and Conditioner:

I don’t ever hang on to shampoo or conditioner long enough to worry about it’s expiry but I’m just including this photo to show where to look!

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And this one is just show how little Devin was helping me with my photos today 😉

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Hope this helped 🙂  Thanks for reading 🙂

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