I don't know about you but I have an entire drawer of lipsticks* at home that I just can't bear to throw away.
From limited edition MAC lipsticks (Venomous Villains anyone?) to discontinued shades, and those seriously bright colours that I've only worn once and will probably never wear again, but cannot bring myself to throw away.
But thanks to Reddit user Semicolon_Expected, I know exactly what I'm going to be doing as soon as I get home tonight.
Rather than tossing away old makeup away, the Redditor decided to carry out a little science experiment and swabbed their expired makeup on a petri dish.
Three days later and this was growing...
"So I swabbed my old Revlon Colorstay on a petri dish, the color on one side and the clear on the other side and left it out for 3 days. I don't own an incubator, but the summer heat I guess was good enough. This is what grew after 3 days."
I know, I know, I want to vomit too.
They also repeated the same experiment with an old mascara and the results were equally terrifying.
Before you throw up in your mouth, it might make you feel slightly better to hear that some of the Reddit commenters thought this bacteria wasn't as horrendous as it seemed.
"Since you incubated at room temp (~25C depending on your local summers) I wouldn't worry too much. Most pathogenic bacteria do not thrive at this level, so what's on the plate is likely not a large concern."
"I'm 90% positive it's mainly whatever is already present in oral colonies like strep and s. aureus (the coccuses) and nothing dangerous to me (since they technically came from me)."
"Yeah, I was gonna say, I don't think these are particularly dangerous or bad bacteria colonies. It's hard to tell without further tests what they are exactly (a gram stain on top of microscopic imagery would do so much), I just hope no one thinks this means everything in there is bad because there's a good chance it isn't pathogenic or not easily handled by your digestive system."
But still, this has definitely given us the motivation we need for a clear out.
If anyone needs me I will be reading this and crying over my limited edition MAC collection.
Via: Cosmopolitan UK