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Enough is Enough: Learn When to Toss Your Makeup

Makeup is so glamorous and fun that we tend to forget that it is, in fact, perishable. There is no governing body that ensures cosmetic companies are properly labeling their products with expiration dates, so your seemingly harmless tube of mascara could be harboring dangerous bacteria. A change in odor, consistency and color can be signs of a product past its prime, making it a cesspool of bacteria that causes infection, irritation, rashes and acne. Also, don't only rely on your memory to track of all of your goodies, use expiration date stickers as a trusty reminder.

With some light maintenance, your beauty collection can live a long and healthy life. Check out our guide to find out when to kick your beauty products to the curb.

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If you are washing your face and moisturizing twice a day, you’ll find that your cleansers and moisturizers will run out around every 3- 6 months. If you find yourself with some leftover product, err on the side of caution and toss it after 6 months. Moisturizers and cleansers contain fatty acids that are sure to turn after six months.

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Keep in mind which formula your foundation is made out of, as the two have separate expiration dates. Oil based foundations will last around 18 months and water based foundations have a 12 month shelf life. Prolong the life of your foundation by practicing sanitary application techniques, it's crucial to keep bacteria at bay.

A foundation with a pump is ideal for keeping your makeup routine sanitary, if your foundation doesn’t have a pump, make sure to have hand sanitizer within reach at all times.

Remember, you may keep two shades in your collection for your winter and and summer skin colors.

Vibe Vixen LipstickLipstick

Lipsticks have a nice, long shelf life of about 2-3 years. They make announcements when they are spoiled—they smell bad.

VV Tip: Get the most out of your lippy by using a lip brush to apply, instead of applying straight from the tube. Your lipstick will last much longer on your lips and in the tube.

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Eye Shadow

Give your eye shadows a 2-3 year window before you should toss them out. Think of it this way, the eye shadows you love will be gone in that time, and the ones that are left most likely won't be in fashion anymore.

Vibe Vixen Face PowderPowders

Powders pack serious staying power, boasting the longest shelf life out of all of the beauty products. Plan on holding onto your mineral powders and blushes for about 18 months. Powders should be used sparingly to avoid a cakey look.

Vibe Vixen MascaraMascara

Mascaras turn rancid faster than any other beauty product because of their wet formula and constant contact with eyes. Plan to say "so-long" to every mascara after 3 months. The good news is that most mascaras will dry up after three months and you will probably purchase a new tube before any harmful bacteria grows and causes problems.

VV Tip: Do not try to stretch the life of your mascara by adding saliva to the tube, this is highly dangerous for your delicate eyes. Also, pumping the wand into the tube creates air pockets that will over time dry the mascara. Instead, gently twist the wand into the bottle to get product on the bristles.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late...

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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