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hey gals
i'm bombing you with questions cause i'm new and i've been building up all these Qs for awhile :D
so this time - i've been using the same mascara twice this week and my eyes got a little sensitive. i can only assume it's because of the mascara. i bought it about 13 months ago. should i throw it already?! i love it! it's tarte's, "lights cameras, lashes", fyi. it's SO good. 


It's usually good to throw away mascara about every 4 months give or take some. Some ways to tell if mascara is bad is if it smells funny, is dry or chunky. Especially if it irritates your eyes I suggest that you toss it.  

Jun 03, 2012

Helene B.

I asked someone who worked at a makeup store, and she told that you should change it every year. So yeah, throw it out. :)

i was wishing the 4-6 months life time was a myth.

Jun 03, 2012

Pamela F.

I live by the 3 month rule for mascara & eye liner. I have very sensative eyes so its what has worked best for me. 

Jun 06, 2012

Simera H.

I always throw away my mascaras every 3-4 months.

Jun 07, 2012

mallory w.

3-4 months 

People say mascaras should be thrown out every 3 months but most mascara packaging says on it they can be thrown out in 6. I usually throw mine out after 6 because frankly I can't afford to buy a ton of mascara just to put it in the trash 3 months later. However, if the mascara gets chunky or starts to smell bad, definitely throw it out!

Jun 10, 2012

Carrie L.

Yeah, 13 months is a loooong time to have the same mascara. I say every 3-4 months, but you can also tell when it goes bad by checking the consistency of it. If it's clumpy and flaky, it's time for a new bottle.

yeah mascaras should be discarded after 3 months. mine usually dries out after a year or so anyway and i tend to use mine for as long as possible because i've never had a problem with bacteria but it is recommended to not keep mascara for more than three months xx

Jun 12, 2012

Cat C.

Drugstore mascaras that utilize tar in them have only about a 1-2 month life after being exposed to oxygen. Higher end mascaras, including natural brands like tarte, get about 2-3 months before the expire. This is ophthamologist suggested. Expired mascara can be very dangerous to the eye so error on the side of caution and follow a 3 month limit. 

Jun 13, 2012

Shelley W.

I throw mine out after three months regardless. 

Jun 18, 2012

Michele N.

Every 3 months. Then I toss them.  

Dec 09, 2015

Dia B.

3 months

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