Beauty: New Burberry launch, Elemis bargain alert and what’s lurking in your make-up bag?

Actress Lily James this week hosted a cocktail party at the Burberry store  in Paris, to celebrate new fragrance My Burberry Blush, teaming a dark brown lined eye with sulty matte dark pink lip. Picture courtesy of Burberry.
Actress Lily James this week hosted a cocktail party at the Burberry store in Paris, to celebrate new fragrance My Burberry Blush, teaming a dark brown lined eye with sulty matte dark pink lip. Picture courtesy of Burberry.
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It’s important to know how long you can keep your products for, to avoid irritation and break-outs. Stephanie Smith finds out more, plus beauty offers and new products.

I am a make-up hoarder. Some of the products kept under my bed are more than 10 years old, and I still can’t bear to throw them away. But I should.

Elemis Day to Night Luminous Skin Collection
With the new Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil , Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml) or Ultra-Rich (30ml), Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (105g) and three Frangipani Mono body products. Dave more than �113 and buy for under �60 on QVC from 00:01am Saturday, July 8, while stocks last.

Elemis Day to Night Luminous Skin Collection With the new Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil , Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml) or Ultra-Rich (30ml), Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (105g) and three Frangipani Mono body products. Dave more than �113 and buy for under �60 on QVC from 00:01am Saturday, July 8, while stocks last.

“While it doesn’t harm you to use some out-of-date make-up products, some provide moisture which bacteria thrives on, and mascara and eyeliner can cause eye irritations or infections,” says Joanne Dodds of Hairtrade.com.

Here’s what you need to keep an eye on. It’s a good idea to invest in little stickers you can use to date the product once it’s opened.

Make-up sponges should be washed after each use, then thrown away after one month. If you suddenly get a breakout for no reason, it could be bacteria on your sponge.

Discard mascara after it has been opened for three months to prevent bacteria from causing eye irritations or infections.

EverProbeauty Temporary Root Concealer Spray
 An instant fix that covers up to nine shades of blonde, this temporary hair solution contains Prismatech pigments that self-adjust to match and blend with dark roots. It dries in two minutes and washes out with shampoo. Available in Light, Medium and Dark Blonde, it costs �12.99 at Superdrug.

EverProbeauty Temporary Root Concealer Spray An instant fix that covers up to nine shades of blonde, this temporary hair solution contains Prismatech pigments that self-adjust to match and blend with dark roots. It dries in two minutes and washes out with shampoo. Available in Light, Medium and Dark Blonde, it costs �12.99 at Superdrug.

Avoid pumping your mascara, as this pushes air into the tube, which can cause bacterial contamination. When placing the wand into the tube, swirl around to prevent air bubbles. Never add water.

Cream blush and eye shadow will only last around six months as they offer moisture for bacteria to thrive on. Look out for mould, smell or separation, and throw away if they look a little funny.

Liquid eyeliner lasts around four to six months, but pencil eyeliners can last up to two years if the cap is kept tightly closed. If you’ve had an eye infection, always throw away eyeliners.

Liquid and cream foundations last between six to 12 months, as they contain water, oils and other hydrating agents which decrease the shelf life and increase bacteria. Powders can last up to two years, as it’s harder for bacteria to grow in products that are solid.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush, �5.99, at Boots.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush, �5.99, at Boots.

Concealer lasts 12-18 months but if is dried out, has a change in texture, becomes cakey or smells different, throw it out immediately.

Wash your make-up tools regularly and also wash your hands before you apply.

Clinique's Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate is a water-gel hydrator that quenches dehydrated skin instantly and boosts moisture for a full 24 hours after, using liquid-sphere technology and water-binding ingredients with encapsulated antioxidants. It's �34 on the Clinique counters.

Clinique's Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate is a water-gel hydrator that quenches dehydrated skin instantly and boosts moisture for a full 24 hours after, using liquid-sphere technology and water-binding ingredients with encapsulated antioxidants. It's �34 on the Clinique counters.

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