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generous friend


i have a "generous friend" who always give me expired beauty products. The first time , i thought maybe she overlooked it but the second and third time, i already thought shes doing it on purpose. i mean , just recently she gave me an OBAGI sunblock. And i know that OBAGI is quite expensive. And i know theres a catch behind it, so i checked on the expiration date and boy, im right. Its expired already! date is 02/2012. I mean, can we really still use an expired beauty product?
whats up with that?
May 01, 2012 @ 10:52 am

12 Replies


expiry dates

Okay, first of all that's a pretty tacky move on your friend's part. Either she's passing off her unused stuff to you because she wants to declutter or she's buying it at some clearance house and paying bottom dollar. I am only guessing here, but I wonder if that's even legal (to sell expired products)? I would just point that out the next time she offers you something. "Hey, did you know this was expired?" See what she says. It could be interesting!

Secondly, I know from working in insurance (a zillion years ago) that many companies build buffers on their products. I'm sure you've accidentally eaten expired yogurt or used mascara that's older than 3 months and had no ill side effects. I know that sunblock supposedly expires after it's been opened for a certain period of time. I have used old sunblock and found it still works. Whether or not you choose to do so is of course up to you... I would think though that it's only very recently expired and will probably be just fine for summer 2012. I'd toss it in the fall though, just to be on the safe side. I'm sure it's not dangerous to use, but the effectiveness might not be as good for older products like that. Just be sun-safe and make sure to reapply often.
May 01, 2012 @ 11:08 am

re expiry dates

Yeah. I know right. Thanks. Shes actually a beauty blogger, so i assume shes trying to be friendly and nice and de clutter at the same time!!
I guess its time to let her know about it. The only reason i kept quiet about it is because i font want to create tension between us, becasue aside from being a friend, shes also my boss.(too complicated i know)
Well, thanks for the advice. I will try to smell the sunblock and if its still ok and if the consistency is still good, then i will just use it
May 01, 2012 @ 11:15 am


First of all, when I read this I had to laugh, I totally know people like your "generous friend". It's one of those, "You shouldn't have...seriously, you shouldn't have" type of moments. Of course, like mamaluv said, the expiry dates aren't really a big deal, I doubt anything bad is going to happen to you.

Either your friend seriously figures that she is doing you a favour or she thinks, 'hey, I won't use this anymore, let me pawn it off on someone else who would". Either way, if you don't want to accept it, you don't have to, or accept it and throw it out or if she brings it up, asks how you're liking it, just say "Oh yah, thanks for that sunblock you gave me the other day, I really liked it but then I noticed that it was expired so I had to toss it which was too bad"

I wouldn't bring it up just because I don't think its a big friendship dealbeaker but take comfort in the fact that I think we've all known someone like that!
May 01, 2012 @ 11:23 am

that's even worse then

Wow, if she's a beauty blogger, then she REALLY ought to know better. Chances are that the companies who are sending these out are giving her their brand new launch products, so she's receiving, then sitting on it for however long, and THEN she gets around to giving it to you.

You can't really tell from scent and consistency if a sunblock has gone bad. I recently found a lipstick I know I bought back in 2003 or so and it still smells/wears/looks as good as new. Of course I tossed it right away, but I wrist-checked it before I did so as an experiment.

I personally would probably mention it in as casual a way as possible, and fake like I only just noticed it. So instead of sitting her down for an earnest heart to heart ("I noticed lately that you've been passing off your expired crapola, so please stop"), just react in the moment ("oh awesome, thanks! Uh, waitasec... oh shoot! It's expired. Too bad, huh?").

I know there will be some who disagree with me on that, but this is how I personally avoid conflict while trying to subtly get a point across. Take it or leave it :)
May 01, 2012 @ 12:03 pm


I would say that sunscreen is safe to use this summer :) February isn't so bad for an expiry date :)
All the same I buy Vichy sunscreen and the expiry date on the bottle I bought this year is 2014. That's a long ways away and it'll definitely be gone before then so I wonder how long she's had that stuff!

Be nice about it, all the same.
She might actually have all the best intentions or may not have even noticed.
Just casually say "oh no, this is expired". Whether she knew or not, I bet she'll make a point not to check the expiry dates on her products before she offers them to you again.
May 01, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

re "Generous"

Hahahaha. I know it really sounded funny. I mean, im just the type of person whos afraid to offend someone. But yeah, youre right. I can just mention it very casually or next time just dont accept anything from her
Thanks a lot.
May 01, 2012 @ 12:11 pm
Ali de Bold

Haha! So awkward

I would just tell her thanks, but you're good for products right now. Is it possible she didn't notice the expiry dates? Either way she shouldn't give you old stuff. That's what the garbage is for.
May 01, 2012 @ 01:56 pm

Haha! So awkward

I really have no idea why shes giving me those things. But i think im not the only one getting those i assume shes also giving her expired products to some of her friends.
I know better now.
Thank you all for the feedback. I appreicate it. I hope you also have blogs. Id love to visit them. You can also visit mine www.cheryllikestoshare.wordpress.com
May 01, 2012 @ 02:36 pm

ummmm maybe you won't have to tell her?

Okay so she's a blogger and a beauty blogger at that? ChickAdvisor is a pretty popular site....is it possible that she may have seen this thread already? I'm a blogger (and a beauty blogger too) and this is one of the first places I check when I test/review a product. Awkward

It's very strange that she would give you only expired items. I agree with @mamaluv-she's most likely sitting on the product and then 'discovers' it's expired. That's too bad. For me, when I have an abundance of 'things' and I know I can't use them, I give them to friends/coworkers/family and have them 'review' them for me. It helps me keep things neat and tidy in my living space and still makes use of the product.

May 02, 2012 @ 08:45 pm

ummmm maybe you won't have to tell her? reply

I think I have decided to let it pass. I already threw the sunblock anyway. But I think ill just refuse next time she gives me something.
Yes, she's a beauty blogger. I'm not sure if she already happens to see this thread but if ever, i can explain LOL!
Thanks for the tip.I appreciate it.
May 03, 2012 @ 08:49 am

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