Detoxifying your beauty cabinet. It is about time!

It’s about time you cleaned out all your old makeup that has managed to permeate every inch of your precious bathroom cabinetry.

Cabinet clean up

First things first, check the dates!

Most makeup has a shelf life, and that shelf life, like most quality ingredients, is not as long as you let it stay in place.

Here are your basic shelf life expectancies for products:

  • Mascara 2-3 months
  • Foundation (Moisturizing) 12-18 months, (Oil-Free & Concealers) 6-12 months
  • 1 year for lip gloss, 2 for lipstick
  • Powders 2 years
  • Pencils 2 years

These are all according to the obvious rules, however, if you are using organic products you can bet they will expire a lot sooner.

Next thing to consider, when was the last time you used it?

Some people are collectors of beauty products. Every new trend, every new color, they’ve got it. But are we still sticking with shimmer lotions this time of year? We all know Summer was bright and shiny, but looks that are perfect for the hot months may not make the transition to Fall, and we are, after all, a few days away from September. If it hasn’t been used in four seasons, it is time to go!

Lastly, Is it good for you?

Is it good for your look?

Your products should accentuate the positives and/or conceal the negatives. Check that your foundation still matches your skin tone, or that you now need added moisturizer versus the oil-free from yesteryear.

Is it good for your skin?

Reducing chemical exposures in your beauty products will make your skin and body look better and age better. We’ve all lived through the mineral makeup phase, but there are only a few brands that have made it through the craze and standout. Jane Iredale, yes they have a beautiful palette and wonderful selection, but this product is also good for your skin!


Where do you fall on the application spectrum?

Every woman’s challenge in looking successful and sophisticated lies in the correct application of her makeup. She needs to appear groomed throughout the day without going overboard. Applying too much makeup before leaving the house can result in a clown-like appearance. While walking out with too little can reveal flaws that should remain concealed. To achieve the desired, natural look every day, one must fall flat dab in the center of that application spectrum.


Enhance your beauty with four basic makeup rituals for a polished and professional appearance.

  1. The quick cover-up – Conceal all those problem areas with a well-blended foundation. Are you sure you’re wearing the correct colour? Try Smashbox’s perfect Complexion kit offering concealer, foundation and powder in one tidy little package.Smashbox Complexion Kit
  2. Blush those cheeks – Brighten up that face with just enough rouge in the right areas. Be sure to back away from the mirror and check that reflection! For a natural looking finish choose NARS’ Gina. It’s warm palette and silky texture ensures a soft, blendable application.Gina NARS
  3. Dress the eyes – Blending without looking sloppy is key. Don’t forget the mascara! Try Dior’s Diorshow Mascara for professional volume!DiorShow waterproof mascara
  4. Enhance the lips – A dab of gloss throughout the day will revive any face. Choosing a shimmer or a bold colour? Pay attention to your skin tone! CHANEL’s Glossimer offers a wide range of colours to choose from that condition and also have staying power! CHANEL Glossimer Desir

Learn the techniques for applying an all-day, natural look with ILLUMIN8. We offer the perfect workshop to put you back on the right end of the application spectrum. Sign up now for our Personal Make-Up Workshop on September 7th!

Bourjois Middle East Giveaway

Bourjois Middle East Giveaway

Holiday time is over, so Illumin8 has collaborated with Bourjois Middle East to create the ultimate beauty bag to jump start your ‘back to work’ phase with ecstasy.

Win a bag of goodies from Bourjois Middle East filled with the latest launches from this coveted brand including the new ‘blogger-favourite’ – Shine Rouge Lipsticks.

To enter, simply invite your friends to “like” the Bourjois Middle East Facebook Page

Then, send us a screenshot of your mutual friends with Bourjois Middle East’s Facebook page and the person with the most mutual friends will be our Bourjois Middle East Giveaway Winner!

* Competition is open to fans in United Arab Emirates only. The winner will be announced Thursday August 29, 2013.