No Tube of Mascara is Worth an Eye Infection

It’s funny how things work out.  I love to plan things.  If you know me well, you know I try my best to map things out whether it’s a trip, project or assignment.  After tax season, aka end of March, my goal was to dive deep into the world of Blogging and Makeup.  I finally got the hang of creating an editorial calendar and post prepping.  This is a big deal since I am aware my biggest flaw is being inconsistent.  The blogger gods laughed at my plan. The horror all started shortly after my last post on April 4th.  I was prepping to take photos of a New Eyeshadow Stick when I  decided to wear my beloved Mascara to complete the look.

It’s name or brand is honestly irrelevant; the biggest issue was its questionable expiration date.

No Tube of Mascara is Worth an Eye Infection
It’s name or brand is honestly irrelevant; the biggest issue was its questionable expiration date.  That’s right!  I’m not trying to sit here and share that I wore a two year old mascara and it gave me an eye infection.  That would be ridiculous and in my mom’s words, illogical.  Instead, the Mascara was only a few months old and in my opinion fairly new.  Shortly after the application my eyes became irritated.  I thought nothing of it since I suffer from allergies.  At night I removed my makeup and went to bed.  When I woke up my eyes were swollen and sealed shut.  Throughout the day the swelling subsided but the constant weeping of green gunk continued.  This all happened during a Business trip to Chicago that was intended to double as a Mini Vacation.  Yes, lucky indeed.  Upon returning I went to Urgent Care only to confirm it was indeed an Eye Infection that would require antibiotics.

The Doctor told me I could not wear contacts and needed to complete a 14 day treatment.  The medicine’s side effect caused me to develop a sensitivity to bright lights.  The kiss of death for any Beauty Blogger.  I was  told to toss any makeup used during the infection and treatment but not to worry – life would resume to normal 48 hours after discarding the antibiotics.  As you can imagine I was both angry and disappointed.  When I arrived home, I wanted to see the culprit one last time.  How did I not realize it was expired?  Did it smell bad?  Did I own other expired Mascaras?  After much needed research and purging I learned a few things about keeping Mascara.

  • Keep your Mascara for no more than three months.
  • Always smell your Mascara before each application.
  • Avoid air entering into your Mascara by not pumping the wand into the tube.
  • Finally, write down when you opened your Mascara to escape a similar experience as mine.

If I learned anything by this experience it’s that no No Tube of Mascara is Worth an Eye Infection.