Tidying up your Makeup and Hair Accessories

Is your makeup still in good condition? Does all your perfume still smell good? Do you find that your hair accessories are a mess? If you are not sure or if you would like to start organising your beauty products now, then keep on reading. I am also sharing on how you can tell when these products have expired.


  • Collect all your makeup items.
  • Discard all your old makeup. It’s advisable to replace the following products as per the guideline below, to avoid any skin impurities and eye infections.
    • Replace mascara and liquid eyeliner every three months.
    • Replace cream makeup and liquid foundation every 6 to 12 months.
    • Replace lipstick and pencil eyeliner every 18 months.
    • Keep eye shadow, powder blush and compact powder for up to 24 months.
    • Nail varnish can last up to 2 years if kept in a dark place.
  • An indication that a product is no longer in a good condition, is when a dry and clumpy texture or discolouration sets in. 
  • Once you have discarded all the old products, only keep items and colours that suit you.
  • Clean everything with a wet wipe or tissues to make it look like new.
  • Place all same type items together, e.g. all eyeliner and mascara in a glass holder.
  • Use the lids of used spray cans or old glass and ceramic containers for storing smaller products.
  • Depending on the number of products you have, store them upright in a make-up display holder or smaller boxes inside your dressing table drawer.
  • Make-up should always be easy to grasp in a hurry.


  • Test all your perfume and Eau de toilette products to see if they still smell good.
  • A change in colour to a more opaque, amber hue is also an indication that the product is off.
  • The average shelf life of fragrances is 3 to 5 years. How long they last depends on the scent’s chemical composition.
  • If you keep them in a dark place they will last longer.
  • Store your fragrances inside your bedroom cupboard or on a shelf in your walk in closet.
  • Don’t store them in a place where there is a lot of sunlight or in the bathroom, as it will damage the particles of your fragrances.
  • Keep the beautiful empty and used bottles to decorate your vanity tray or table.

Hair accessories

  • Go through all your hair accessories and only keep the ones you like and wear.
  • Group same category items together, e.g. hair clips in one box and elastics in another.
  • Store smaller items in smaller boxes or containers.  
  • Place them in a bigger flat box or in the drawer of your dressing table.
  • You can also use a hair storage organiser with separate compartments.

“There is Beauty in Simplicity.” – Esther

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