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.
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.