Sad, sad, sad!
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So here’s the question, and its a good one:
You seem to buy alot of lip gloss. Please address the question: How do you know when lip gloss has gone bad.
Yes, it’s true – I do buy lots of gloss. And, sadly, goes bad before I have a chance to use it. This is one of the reasons that I love smaller glosses – it means that I have a chance to use it ALL before it goes funky. NOTHING makes me sadder than tossing out lost gloss. Maybe global warming and homeless animals, and eating the last bit of chocolate when I’m too tired (and by tired I mean lazy) to go get more. But I digress. Here are the 3 ways to know when to toss that gloss!
1. When the ingredients separate, your gloss is gone, girl!
Commercial gloss must pass an FDA challenge test to be sold at most major retailers. This means the product (any product, actually) will be heated on 100 degrees, and cooled to room temperature 3 separate times. Stabilizers are added so that heating/reheating process still leaves a blended product. You DON’T want an oil and vinegar thing, where the ingredients are separated. So when you see that happening in your gloss, it’s over.
See how the product looks dried out in the tube?
2. When the texture or consistency changes, wave goodbye.
Sadly, glosses dry out. It’s frustrating, since usually glosses are anhydrous, meaning there’s no water. But they will still dry out. The consistency will also change over time. I notice this in particular with Stila glosses, as they will become more tacky and sticky over time. When that happens, into the trash it goes.
Check out this MAC Viva Glam GaGa 2 Lipglass. I love the color. You can see that the product no longer slides down the bottle. The same ingredients that make it shine should also be the ingredients that keep it from leaving dried out streaks on the bottle. This gloss is basically past it’s prime. Bye Gaga 2, I loved you!
3. When it starts to smell funky, get rid of it.
Yes, that does happen. Gloss goes on your mouth, a pretty sensitive part of your anatomy. When the funk runneth over, and not in a good way, its time to go! I consider it pretty dangerous to let what could be brimming over with bacteria on my lips. When the smell goes, it usually means the preservatives are done preserving, and it is no longer worth keeping. Adios, gloss!
I hope that helped, #GlossyArmy! And keep the questions coming by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org! Monday is Gloss Q & A day, and I can’t wait to answer more of your questions!