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Just like you, we, too, know how it feels to find a holy grail makeup product; it changes the makeup game for us and we think of it as something we can never live without, making it a staple in our makeup bags. However, the love we have for certain holy grail items often means that the products are in our collections for way too long (and we just can’t bear to part with them!).

Makeup is not meant to last forever, though, and when used beyond its expiration date, it can actually cause us more harm than good. So if one of your goals this year is to avoid goopy lip glosses and dried out mascaras from making an appearance in your makeup arsenal again, below are the signs that will tell you when it’s time to let your beauty products go.

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It's over two years old


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Makeup can expire between three months and two years. But whether it’s in liquid, cream or powder formula, if it’s over two years old, it’s time to throw it out. Even if you think that the product still works well, its expired ingredients might cause your skin to break out or give you irritation or an infection — yikes!

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It’s emitting a foul odour


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Just because the product says it can last for six months or two years doesn’t mean it always will. A lot of factors can contribute to makeup expiring more quickly, but the number one sign you should always look out for is the smell. If a certain bronzer used to smell like coconuts but now smells like spoiled food, it means you can no longer use it.

You find yourself never reaching for it


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We all have those products that we never reach for but still keep for various reasons. But whatever the reason is, if it’s not being used, let it go. Why not donate it to someone who you think will get more use out of it? Keep in mind, though, that if you’re going to donate makeup, it’s barely been used and still looks semi-brand new — giving someone expired makeup is just cruel!



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It is literally gathering dust in your collection


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If your collection is as vast as your wardrobe, go through it to see if there are any products in the back that aren’t being used. And if they haven’t expired, why not put them back into your makeup rotation? However, if you find a product that you know you won’t ever use, give them to someone else or throw them out.

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Still having trouble decluttering your kit? Then click here for more tips to decluttering your makeup bag.


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Do you differentiate your days according to good hair days and bad hair days? You’re not alone. While the sad news is that it takes more than just a shampoo and blow dry to maintain great hair, the good news is: maintaining healthy, beautiful hair is not as difficult as you think. 

All you need is dedication and just a few uncomplicated tweaks to your daily lifestyle and you’re on your way to a good hair day, every day. Think you’re a beauty addict and you know all 10 commandments of bouncy, shiny, hair commercial-ready hair? Keep reading to find out!

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Eat all the right foods



It’s true: staying healthy on the inside reflects on the outside, so tank up on foods rich in hair lovin’ nutrients and half the battle is won. Hair is made up of protein after all. In order to enhance growth and strength, consume foods that are packed with iron, zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids, such as lean meat, chicken and fish.

Skip the hot shower

High temperatures can dry out your tresses, flattening hair and leaving you with limp, dull-looking locks. Instead of a hot shower, opt for warm water (or better yet, cool water) instead. It helps to lock in nutrients into each strand more effectively. 
Get a good protective treatment



For hair that speaks volume, length and shine in all literal sense, you must own a good protective hair treatment – whether it is a conditioner, detangling treatment, or a heat styling protector. Make sure you’re well equipped with these products on hand, or better yet, get all three benefits in a one beauty essential.

Formulated with Pantene’s exclusive Pro-V Complex and an enhanced cationic polymer with up to 80% more key conditioning ingredients, the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner is touted to smoothen three months of damage in an astonishing three minutes! This conditioning ace not only repairs hair damage from deep within to restore healthier-looking hair; it also works to minimise protein loss to prevent further damage in the long run.

Use this three-in-one champ as your daily conditioner, mix it with water as a hydrating hair mist, or use it to prime your hair before styling. Sometimes, all you really need is that one good protective treatment.

Know when and where to shampoo

Excessive washing of hair can strip your hair and scalp of necessary natural oils, which can either result in dry hair or oily hair caused by the over-production of oils. Consider shampooing your hair once every two to three days, and shampoo only where needed – your scalp, not the ends.



Invest in a dry shampoo



Can’t stand not washing your hair every day? Embrace a good dry shampoo. It works to reduce oil buildup, adds volume and texture to your hair – giving you an instant style up whenever you need.

Master the art of blow-drying

Knowing the right way to blow dry your hair is a good way to start caring for your strands. Avoid blow-drying your hair when it’s soaking wet after your shower. Instead, let it air dry for 15 minutes prior to blow-drying. Remember to keep the blow dryer at a distance to prevent excessive heat exposure on your hair.

In addition, the nozzle of the blow dryer should be pointing downwards instead of the sides to prevent frizz and static. Lastly, move your hair around as you blow dry. It helps to enhance volume and prevent heat damage on a single spot.


Equip yourself with different brushes



Do you know that different types of brushes have different uses? For instance, you should always use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush when your hair is wet to prevent bristles from the brush to pull and tug at your strands. For a fuller blowout, reach out for a round brush. To section hair and achieve extra volume, use a tail comb and teasing brush respectively. Alternating between these brushes can make a big difference to your crowning glory.

Get regular trims

Yeap – you should get regular trims even when you’re growing out your hair to combat split ends and breakage. Aim for an interval of six to eight weeks for a rough gauge.


Avoid elastics and rubber bands



When it comes to hair accessories, stay away from elastics and rubber bands. The friction caused by these culprits can result in breakage. Instead, try smooth, seamless hair ties that are gentler to your strands.

Sleep on silk and satin

Want silky smooth hair? Forget rough-textured cotton pillow covers – sleeping on silk or satin pillow covers will keep your hair smooth and frizz-free. Known for their delicate textures, silk or satin helps to reduce hair breakage and frizz, one of the most effortless ways to ensure you wake up to a good hair day.


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Wouldn't it be nice to have gloriously clear skin? Alas, not all of us are lucky. Some of us have pimples as our biggest enemy, while others see wrinkles as foes. And for some, the bane is having enlarged pores. Sometimes you get so frustrated you literally ask yourself why these problems exist. For noticeable pores, there are myriad reasons. And here are just a few of them.


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Genetics


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As unfortunate as it may sound, sometimes you're really just born with skin problems. Some people are predisposed or more prone to getting different conditions, including enlarged pores. Ask your mum and dad how their skin fared when they were younger to know what to expect.



Hormones


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Men, in general, tend to have larger pores. But females go through different hormonal changes, like menstruation, which lead to more visible pores.

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Stress


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Remember what they say about aging faster when you're stressed? To an extent, that's true. Our lifestyle affects our health. In the case of the skin, stress triggers the secretion of male hormones, which promotes — you've guessed it — enlarged pores.


Unhealthy diet


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As much as eating sugary and fatty food is enjoyable, its effect on the skin is not really pleasant.



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Aging


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As we grow older, our skin loses elasticity. This, in addition to sun damage, makes pores look more visible. The skin thickens, making the edges of pores become more noticeable.


There's no need to worry, though, if you ticked off all the factors above. Yes, there's still hope! There are quite a few things you can do to make your pores look less noticeable.


Aside from a lifestyle changestart saying goodbye to soda and make working out a priorityyou can also promote better skin health by using products that target your problems, like the new Pore Perfection range from Pink Beauty.



It's made especially to target all your pore-related problems. It promises to cleanse deeply, regulate sebum production, minimize the appearance of pores, tighten open pores, hydrate the skin, and refine your skin's texture. The entire line contains a combination of Pink Clay, Jeju Volcanic Ash, Jeju carbonated thermal water and natural Pink Flower Complex that promises to give you clear, smooth skin.  


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The Pore Perfection range from Pink by Pure Beauty is now available at all Watsons branches in Malaysia.


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