Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pink Eye Makeup Purge

Hi everyone! First off, thanks so much for the get well wishes! I can see many of you have dealt with the very same thing and you have so much great advice. Thanks also to my friend Linda for her email full of great sanitation advice. A big reason why I'm blogging about the details of my pink eye (including all the symptoms shared in my last post)- is not to gross people out, but to give you a heads up should you ever encounter pink eye. The sooner you can figure out that you have it and see a doctor, the better. I remember thinking when I had super watery, oozy eyes on the first day-- well, I doubt it's pink eye... my eyes aren't even pink! But that came later.


Also... pink eye has a big effect on your makeup supply! I'm throwing out a number of makeup items that have come in contact with my eyes over the past 10 days or so. This includes a lot of much-loved items, but I know it's for the best! I also forgot to snap pics of a couple of shadow primers with wand applicators that I swept over my eyelids- including NYX HD Eyeshadow primer & Urban Decay Primer Potion. I've been told to wipe down my powder shadow products and also sanitize my brushes.

Eyeliners... including pencils, liquid liner pens, and some light-colored liners I use in my waterline. I love the Mally & Physician's Formula pencils, as well as the Cover Girl Line Blast 24 hr. liquid pen.

Mascaras... losing lots of favorites here, including L'oreal Double Extend Carbon Black, Almay Get Up & Grow, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Maybelline Lash Discovery, and Mally Volumizing Mascara. Fortunately, it was about time to throw out several of these anyway. But Milani Runway Lashes was new, and I was enjoying that one!


I'm hoping the redness keeps decreasing throughout the day today... I really want to get back to my normal routine!! Thanks again for all the help! :)

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  1. What about eye shadows? Do any of those have to go too? :( Or any brushes you may have used around your eye? When you told us you had pink eye, besides feeling bad that you had it, I also thought of the fake that you would have to throw away make up. :( Hope it gets better soon!

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  2. the liners you should be able to dip in alcohol and sharpen and you should be fine...the mascaras I understand but i'm not sure about the liners...something to ask your doctor about.

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking with the pencil liners. The felt/brush tip liners she would definitely have to throw out.

      Em, remember to wash all sheets and bedding, including pillows and cases.

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  3. If you cut off the top of the pencil liners could they be salvaged? Such a pity. RIP makeup. :(

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  4. Hope you're better soon! Could u not sharpen your pencil liners and antibac the pencil bit? Just seems such a shame to have to throw all your nice make up out ;(

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  5. Wondering if you could just sharpen the liners and sanitize with alcohol? Mascaras definitely have to be pitched though :(

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  6. I had a stye once and was told to throw out anything I had used recently. Luckily, I hadn't used anything new. That sucks that you have to throw out all of that wonderful makeup!

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  7. Better safe than sorry but that stinks!!!

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  8. As always, thanks for being informative about what you are going through. Sad to see all of your makeup being thrown away but like you said, it's for the best. I hope you are back to your old self very soon!

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  9. Have you gone back to work yet? What do you do on air with your eye?

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  10. OMg sad:( well i don't think you have a choice here. HOPE U GET WELL SOON

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  11. I don't think you need to throw away the eye liners. If you sharpen them and clean them with rubbing alcohol, that should be sufficient. The eye primers with wands and mascaras however do need to go....

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  12. Sorry to hear that, still, a chance to buy a whole new range of eye makeup goodies :) Clinque do I think some of the most eye friendly makeup

    Miss V x
    @mills_milly
    missdandv.blogspot.com

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  13. Actually pencil type eyeliners are sanitazed after sharpen them just make sure you sharpen thoroughly. Mascaras are lost (only if you use mascaras with another wand than their own you can save those) liquid eyeliners, pot type eyeliners, and ink type eyeliners are lost too. Eye brushes you need to wash very good and prefer dipping alcohol after washing those. For shadows... there is 2 recommendation: scrape and use after, others say throw away. But if you have used them with damp brush throw away (liquids will make bacterias easy to live)

    If you have herpes or other infection in mouth area you can cut lipstick but I prefer throwing away.

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  14. So sad to see these go! But the bigger picture is for you to get better. Makeup comes and goes, but there's only one of you! :)

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  15. Awww - seeing all that makeup go makes my heart sad, but at the same time, I'm happy that you're on the mend, Emily!

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  16. Thanks for sharing your personal experience. I would throw out my eye makeup even when there is any slight irritation in my eyes. I never want to risk it. And it helps to routinely throw out expired and outdated makeup just in case.

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  17. Make sure you sanitize your brushes with 99% alcohol, it's hospital clean.

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  18. I agree with the others, pencils can just be sharpened, or cut off the chuck at the tip and dip in alcohol etc.

    I have dealt with eye infections and it is always heart breaking to toss the makeup afterwards :(

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  19. Emily you do NOT have to throw your pencils away nor shadows! Those can be disinfected with 99% rubbing alcohol or vodka!

    Anything else - liquid primers, liquid liners, mascaras... all those have to be tossed.

    To disinfect the pencils you will need one of two things. A spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol or vodka. OR a flat dish and fill with alcohol. You will also need a clean towel to place on the area you're going to work with as well as paper towels.

    If you do the spray method spray the entire pencil or item and then wipe with a clean paper towel, repeat with each item. If you do the dip method then you can toss all your pencils into the alcohol/vodka bath and remove each one wiping each with a clean paper towel. Do NOT allow to soak for longer an a minute or two.

    You can change out the alcohol/vodka bath as you see fit between dips.

    Once everything has been dipped take a disinfected sharpener (also dipped in alcohol or vodka) and sharpen the pencil. Disinfect the sharpener between pencils. Once all pencils are sharpened spray each item again with alcohol. You can either sharpen the pencils one more time or not depending on how comfortable you are.

    With brushes you will want a tall glass vase (get from the $1 store) and pre-wash your brushes with hot soapy water then rinse. In the glass vase fill two to three inches with rubbing alcohol or vodka then dip your brushes in bristles are covered in alcohol but the ferrule remains dry. You might have to separate the brushes by the length of the bristles since shadow brushes are shorter than blush and foundation brushes.

    Allow the brushes to soak for several minutes then remove the brushes and gentle squeeze our the alcohol/vodka. Hang with the bristle side down towards a sink. I found a wire mesh basket at my local Target for $1 and flipped it upside down then cut portions of it wide enough for my brushes to fit and pinched other sections for thinner brushes. I then place my brushes over a towel to catch the dripping. Viola! Disinfected brushes.

    As for shadow palettes - spray bottle filled with alcohol/vodka. Spray and wipe, spray and wipe. You'll have to do this a few times. Do NOT allow the shadows to become too saturated with alcohol otherwise is becomes a mess (the alcohol will quickly dry and the shadow will be fine in the long run but you don't want to saturate the shadow so it become too wet because it's just more work).

    You can also spray or dip lipsticks to disinfect since the products are typically made of wax or contain wax so you won't harm those with the alcohol or vodka methods.

    Good luck!

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  20. Couldn't you sanatize/sharpen your pencils?

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  21. Couldn't you sanatize/sharpen your pencils?

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  22. So sorry about your poor eye! Instead of repurchasing that Cover Girl Line Blast 24, I'd love for you to try Milani's new EYE TECH EXTREME Liquid Eye Liner and review it. Super-thin felt tip and it is more water-resistant than the Cover Girl. HUGS TO YOU!

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  23. I am so very sorry to hear about your pinkeye. That's no fun at all! I get it once or twice a year, so I know how you're suffering. Be sure to change your pillowcase every night (I was told that by my ophthalmologist), and I would def follow your doc's advice and throw away anything that has come in contact with your eyes. Look at the bright side: you get to buy a whole new bunch of eye makeup! One more thing to think about: I stopped lining my waterline cuz I thought it might be connected. Anyway, just get better soon!

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  24. Oh No, Thats alot of makeup you are throwing away but its for the best. Get well soon !

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  25. This made me so sad! I even had to show my boyfriend all the makeup you had to throw away (of course he didn't get as upset as I did lol) I hope that you get better soon and that Tyler and Cupcake are taking good care of you!

    http://beautyaddictsanonymousblog.blogspot.com/

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  26. oh man, hope you're feeling better soon. i had a lip infection years back and had to throw away all of my lip products, it really sucks :(

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  27. Hey, em! Glad you are feeling better! I think you should march favorites in a blog post, since you can't (and shouldn't rush back to) film! Rest up! :)

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  28. awe man that sucks you have to get rid of so much

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  29. Make sure your doctor specified how long you should use your eye drops medication. Some have steroids in it and should only be used for a week or 2. Prolonged use may cause complication and affect your eyesight. Get well soon and enjoy shopping to replenish your eye makeup goodies!

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  30. Make sure your doctor specified how long you should use your eye drops medication. Some have steroids in it and should only be used for a week or 2. Prolonged use may cause complication and affect your eyesight. Get well soon and enjoy shopping to replenish your eye makeup goodies!

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  31. Sad to see the mascaras go! But it's for the best! Just think...now you have an excuse to go buy more! Get well soon, Emily!

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  32. Hey Emily, you could just cut or sharpen a bit of the pencil liners, that is what I did when i got some infection

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  33. I'm so sad for you! That's SO much makeup...I would literally cry! On the brighter side - I'm glad you're feeling better :) I'm still in awe of how much you've had to get rid of...that's when it stinks to be a makeup junkie and switch up your looks and products all the time!

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  34. It is best to throw out all the makeup you used. It is not worth the risk of reinfecting your eye! Emily has TONS of makeup, it is not such tragedy to get rid of this stuff, even the pencils, & brushes! ALSO, please remember to throw out your contact lenses & put in new ones. Even powder eye shadows carry bacteria, & alcohol does not always clean it completely, DITCH IT ALL

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  35. Hi Emily, sorry you had to do a "product" purge, but it beats reinfecting yourself with pink eye again. Glad to hear you're doing much better. I watched your most recent Video Haul and I have that Maybelline lipstick in Coral Carnation, and I LOVE it! I've been on a coral/orange lipstick/gloss kick as of late and I'd like to recommend a few that I picked up and have been loving: Maybelline Color Sensational Highshine in "Coral Lustre", Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Coral Berry", Kiss me Coral", and "Siren". Covergirl Natureluxe gloss balm #230 in "Coral", Wet n Wild lipsticks in #969 "24 Carrot Gold", #970 "Purty Persimmon", L'Oreal lipstick #479 "Coral Seduction" and L'Oreal Colour Riche LeGloss in #159 "Golden Splash". Once again, happy to hear you're doing better and have a good one! :)

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  36. That sucks you had to throw away SO MUCH. I would probably cry, because I know I wouldn't repurchase those expensive things like from Mally or Tarte. Glad you are feeling better, though!

    www.seventhingsbeauty.blogspot.com

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  37. If you already threw them out it wont help, but the pencils you can keep, just sanitize, sharpen, and sanitize again to get rid of any area that had been touched.

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  38. If you already threw them out it wont help, but the pencils you can keep, just sanitize, sharpen, and sanitize again to get rid of any area that had been touched.

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  39. Crap! I think I might have pink eye! I thought it was probably just allergies, but now that I read your experience.. I'll go check with the optometrist first, but if it's the case, I'll have to throw out my Chanel and Lancôme mascaras, and that.... I'd rather not think about it, I feel like crying already (and not because of conjunctivitis!)...

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  42. Yikes! Sorry to hear you have pink eye. I hope it heals quickly for you. I've had pink eye before too, and it's very unpleasant. It's sad that you have to get rid of some makeup, but if I may ask, why did you feel the need to put some on when you have pink eye? When I had it, my eye was just about swollen shut, gooey, and extremely sensitive. I stayed away from applying any makeup. I didn't have a choice but to. Anyway, thanks for both your informative posts. I look forward to seeing more from you. You've got a great blog, and I can certainly see why you have attracted so many followers! :) Take care <3

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  43. I hope you'll get better soon. It's a pity that you have to throw so many makeup products away, but it's the best thing you can do for your health.
    I was also wondering the same about eye pencils. Maybe sharpening and sanitizing them with alcohol could be enough, but if you doubt about it, it's better to throw them away.

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  44. Emily, since you will be wearing glasses for awhile, could you do a video on what you may do differently regarding eye makeup looks? I recently went to a bolder dark glasses frame and had to rethink some of my makeup. Inquiring minds want to know!

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  45. Ugh..that's a bummer. I had to do the same thing when I had pink eye. Luckily I had only used one mascara and a few liners, though. I hope that your eye gets back to it's usually happy self soon!

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  46. Oh my goodness! As if pinkeye wasn't bad enough you have to toss your goodies! Oh that's awful. I hope you're starting to feel better Emily!!

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  47. Emily, this is the biggest coincidence! I've been having similar symptoms as you and, just as you, I thought that it will go away without any further problem. Well... I woke up today to discover that my eyes were all crusted and red! I immediately remembered about your experience and I knew I was in the same situation. Thank you so much for sharing all these, it really helps me calm down and know what to expect. Thanks also to everyone who has been giving Emily tips on disinfecting her makeup. Now I know that I can at least save my shadows and my pencils, but I already feel sad for my mascaras: I only have 2 and I'll need to throw away both :( .

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  48. I have never had pink eye, I would cringe when throwing away that makeup. :(

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  50. I had pink eye a couple of times in high school and I know my girlfriends and I shared makeup, bad idea, youth. Anyway I often wonder how long you can/should keep makeup anyway. Most have expiry in months but this is a guideline and obviouly companies want you to have to repurchase. I dont get too excited about it except mascara as I find it goes yucky within a couple of months of opeing even if you havent used it often. I throw it away routinely which is hard to do with some if they are $$. Currently trying an mascara sampler with 5 high end brands and comes with a coupon for full size of product you like, Lancome hypnose I think will make decision between it and Smashbox full exposure this week! Your viseos are just great Thanks

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  51. I just discovered these wonderful videos today, what an amazing thing to stummble across as I have been looking a bit and not much that was relevant and not very well done(dont want to insult any1, I couldnt do any better. I have already learned a lot just from today!!! Thanks for giving of yourself Emily

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  52. I just discovered these wonderful videos today, what an amazing thing to stummble across as I have been looking a bit and not much that was relevant and not very well done(dont want to insult any1, I couldnt do any better. I have already learned a lot just from today!!! Thanks for giving of yourself Emily

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  53. Hi Emily !
    I really love your video's and blog and i hope you get better soon !

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  54. I think I have pink eye too... but I'm not sure :( cause mine isn't red... maybe it's just allergy, but I'm afraid I have to purge my makeup as well... (my beloved brand new blacktrack fluidline and my nyx eyeliners!) I'm going to the doctor today, hope everything is ok :D

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  57. I read this back when you posted it but I now feel your pain!!! I have pink eye and had to throw out 6 mascaras, including Lights, Camera, Lashes and a DiorShow (I also had to throw away 2 RapidLash containers)!!!!! Ugh! It could have been worse, I suppose. Your posts and the comments here really helped. I disinfected everything else.

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  58. I read this back when you posted it but I now feel your pain!!! I have pink eye and had to throw out 6 mascaras, including Lights, Camera, Lashes and a DiorShow (I also had to throw away 2 RapidLash containers)!!!!! Ugh! It could have been worse, I suppose. Your posts and the comments here really helped. I disinfected everything else.

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  59. I HAD NO IDEA. Thank you. All my makeups fairly new anyways. I had a stye eye only once maybe twice. Ew. It was yuck. Yucky green crust. (Tmi )

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  60. Hi Emily. I have pinkeye. Bacterial redeye is actually what the doctor called it. I have to take antibiotic pills as he said the swelling was so bad in my eyes that I would not be able to get enough medicine into them. I only used 3 brushes, 2 eyeshadows, 1 pencil, and thankfully a travel size (free gift) mascara the day it came about. I didn't wear any makeup the day before or since. Do you think I should get rid of any more makeup? I guess I am asking should I try to think back and remember what I used several days ago? I appreciate any advice you have. Also on another point--I am happy you are enjoying your new venture!

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