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We know that cleaning out your beauty kit can feel like a chore, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming thanks to our quick and dirty guide to de-cluttering.
When to toss old product
You have to let go of the old to make room for the new—and there are new products being released every day. Remember that beauty products do expire, especially the liquid ones like foundation, mascara, and skin-care. There should be a guideline on the packaging (it will look like a cream jar with a number on it—that number is the amount of months after opening that the product is good for), but if you can’t find it or don’t remember when you opened it, here are a couple of things to look out for.
Look for changes in consistency. Lumpy formulas or a separation of oil and pigment are red flags. If the smell resembles something rotting or the colour has darkened or oxidized in the bottle, it’s time to throw the product out.
If there’s a bad odour when you open the lid or the product is crumbling and breaking apart, you probably shouldn’t use it. Also, if you constantly have to scrape off a top layer of grime, throw it out.
If you detect a bad odour or if your lipstick is drying out or applying patchy, toss it. If your lip gloss is goopy and coming out in lumps, you don’t want to put that on your lips.
Quick tip: If you live in a warm climate, it's a good idea to keep your skin-care products in the fridge to preserve freshness.
There are times when you find yourself not using certain products because they’re stored in the backs of your cabinets or drawers. Out of sight is out of mind so get those products back in sight. Try pulling them out the night before and keep them on your vanity or dresser so you can remember to add the items to your rotation.
When to give away perfectly good product
If you’ve got products that are as good as new but you don’t find yourself using them, take a moment and ask yourself: Why did I buy this product? Why did I stop using it? Can I add this to my makeup routine or skin-care regimen?
Chances are if you haven’t used it yet, you probably won’t. Perhaps pass it along to a family member or a friend who might get better use out of it. Or even take a box full of your unused items to a women’s shelter. If you are going to donate, make sure your items are in clean and sanitary condition.
How to sanitize your beauty products:
For powder compacts, wipe the powder with a piece of Kleenex to remove the top layer. Then, take a new piece of Kleenex—fold it or cut it down to the right size—and place over the powder to avoid bacteria from getting into the fresh layer. If you threw out the box, seal with tape; no one but the new owner should be opening it. This works for face powders, blushes and eyeshadows.
For lipstick, lipgloss and other stick products, wipe them down with a piece of Kleenex sprayed with the cosmetic disinfectant. Once again, seal boxes or the products themselves with tape.
Always use a mini spatula for products that are in jars so you’re not dipping your fingers in there. Also, don’t throw away the plastic divider that covers the cream. When you want to give it away, all you have to do is seal the outside with tape.
Cosmetic sanitizers can be found at most beauty stores and makeup artistry stores. Always keep a sanitizer and a brush cleaner on hand.
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In his first children's book, former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield (author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth) revisits his childhood desire to become an astronaut. In the story, nine-year-old Chris spends all his time pretending to travel to space—but he's actually terrified of the dark. Moody and magical illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this inspiring tale about overcoming your fears and accomplishing your goals. — Andrea Karr
The Darkest Dark (Tundra Books) by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers, $23.
An unreal thriller
This fascinating new novel from the author of Atonement and The Children Act is written from the point of view of a hyperintelligent fetus who, on the cusp of birth, overhears his mother's schemes to commit murder. It's subtly hilarious (the fetus's voice is endearingly akin to that of a pedantic professor) and a little slapstick in its absurdity. Guaranteed, it's like nothing you've ever read. — AK
Nutshell (Knopf Canada) by Ian McEwan, $30.
A murder mystery
Equal parts meditative and suspenseful, this murder mystery follows the Nows, a Newfoundland family plagued by everyday tragedies—a broken economy, a deceased son and a cancer diagnosis. But when the abusive husband of matriarch Addie's best friend drowns after being assaulted, leaving behind only his shirt and a smear of blood on the Nows' dock as evidence, the family must put grief aside and band together—even though one of their own may have committed the crime. — Stacy Lee Kong
The Fortunate Brother (Viking Canada) by Donna Morrissey, $25.
An alternate reality
Imagine there are infinite versions of your reality: In one, you never met the love of your life; in another, climate change has turned your city into a frozen wasteland. That's the premise of this page-turner by Blake Crouch, author of the popular Wayward Pines trilogy. Protagonist Jason Dessen is a husband and father with a middling career as a physics professor at the local community college. But one day, he wakes up in a life he doesn't recognize. His address is the same, but the house is not; expensive appliances and minimalist furniture have taken the place of his cozy, familiar belongings. His wife and son are nowhere to be found. And, apparently, he has a flashy, well-paid job at a scientific research firm—the key to these strange circumstances. Desperate to find his way back to his family, Jason must unravel a mystery with roots in his own past. A smart, fast-moving thriller, Dark Matter delves into themes of identity, second chances and love, without sacrificing a single twist or turn. — SLK