Revive Your Old Cosmetics and Beauty Products It is easy to accumulate an over-abundance of cosmetics and various beauty products, either as a result of making purchases that don't quite live up to your expectations, or by pushing aside containers that are almost empty. You can save some money and become a more responsible consumer by following these simple tips for extending the life and usefulness of items that you already have at home. Even your favorite beauty product will tend to get pushed to the back of a drawer or cosmetic counter when it starts scraping the bottom of the barrel. You know that it is wasteful to throw out the bottle when there is still a small amount of the product remaining, but it takes too much time to coerce those little amounts out of their resting places, particularly if they are dried out. A simple trick to make use of those remnants, while extending the life of that product you likely spent a lot of money on, is to add a drop of thinner into a dried out bottle. The thinning substance will vary depending on the product, but a good example is nail polish. When you end up with thick or hardened polish, simply add a few drops of nail polish remover to the bottle, and shake gently until it blends with the hardened nail polish. When makeup such as foundation, powder or blush gets old, you can still use the product as though it were new. However, it is possible that it will not blend as easily as it once did. In this case, you can try misting your face with a fine spray of water after application. This will make the cosmetic more pliable, creating a moisturizing effect, and refreshing the ingredients. Use your fingers or a soft sponge to blend the makeup in a circular motion until it appears natural and adheres well to your facial skin. If you use powders for your foundation or eye shadow, you likely have experienced cracking, which makes the product crumble and appear to be unfit for future use. It often shatters and becomes a messy experience every time you open the container. Do not throw these products out, though, because there is a simple solution. Open the container with the crumbled powder, and then add several drops of rubbing alcohol, also know as isopropyl alcohol. Mash the powder and alcohol together with a spoon or similar implement, and then let it sit untouched for a few days. The alcohol will dry out and your powder will be compact once again. Despite your desire to lengthen the shelf life of beauty products you own, there will inevitably be times when you must let go of them. Some types of makeup have natural ingredients with few preservatives. This is far better for your skin, but it also means that they can become rancid and will need to be disposed of after a few weeks or months. In addition, some cheaper products made in foreign countries may not adhere to the stricter guidelines for additives that may be more harmful to your skin. In general, it could be wise to throw out cheap cosmetics that have been sitting around for a while. Use these products consistently after buying them, to avoid the chance of this happening. Keeping these ideas in mind, you should be able to extend the useful shelf life of your beauty products. The money you save can then be invested in new products that you may want to. Keep an open mind and use all the resources at hand to enhance your beauty, as well as your pocketbook.