Project cosmetic labeling: inspired by pretty stickers

Cosmetic date labeling

So whatsup with this project? Well, it’s really me labeling my cosmetics with these cute little stickers that record when I started using the products. Some of you may remember a challenge I issued back in 2009 and I’d shown how I labeled my products with normal looking round stickers. Well, I’ve upgraded! I now label my stuff with cute looking stickers from Korea! Well, I needed to motivate myself to get back to the process of labeling because I’d stopped for awhile due to sheer laziness and something visually appealing does keep me interested for longer. Oh yeah, I’m girlie like that!

The need to label cosmetics
Why do we even need to label cosmetics? Many of you probably know that all cosmetics have a shelf life and you can’t use them indefinitely. For example, sunscreens expire in one or two years while mascaras can last you about three to six months. All skin care products are best used when they’re fresh, especially those with active ingredients to avoid quality degradation. However, it may not be possible to remember the dates of when you’ve purchased the products so labeling them will help you take the guesswork out of the process.

Some products expire before their time
And I don’t know about you but I have a habit of switching products pretty often. I might use a product for a month, stop and then come back to it two months down the road. Since the products I use are mostly in the natural category with a limited shelf life, I better know when I started using the product just to be safe especially since some of them actually expire before the time indicated on their packaging.

Sunscreens get the labeling priority
Although all my products should be labeled, the ones that require immediate attention are really the sunscreens because I have a habit of hoarding them and then promptly forgetting when I started using them. So labeling them with a date will allow me to discard them a year after opening because sunscreens can lose their potency over time.

Girls just wanna have fun
Oh all right, I know some people are rolling their eyes in disgust at where I spend my money and time but well, a girl can choose what she likes to do, can’t she? If this is what makes me happy, then who is to say that the money and time aren’t well spent?

Variety of labels
Anyway, there are some really pretty stickers in this pack and I can even choose to stick on numbers if I like. But I like those that allow me to write the date. With the different shapes and sizes, I also have more options of where to stick them on my products especially since I don’t want the stickers to come in the way of key product info too.

Get started with cute labels
I know many of you are very diligent and go as far as keeping track of your cosmetics with spreadsheets. But for those who are a bit more slack and want to get started, how about motivating yourselves with cute sticker labels like these. You can get them here. At S$6.50 a pack, they’re definitely affordable.


  1. Eco Beauty says:

    Oh, I better start doing this too. But first, I need to organize the products properly first.

    What is that small blue bottle on the fourth pic? Is that Naturopathica Eye Serum? ?
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  2. Kay says:

    I don’t label my products because I often finish them before the year is up. But I certainly make it a habit to only open up to two products of the same category, so as not to waste the products ?

  3. Sesame says:

    It’s the stem cell serum.

  4. Sesame says:

    Unfortunately some of the products I use expire in 6 months and so I really need to keep track.

  5. BebeTaian says:

    I’ve started some new goals this year: one is using up the products I have, the other is being more diligent about using things before they expire! Labelling is a very good idea. Especially since most things in the US don’t have expiry dates.

    If you buy so much and don’t get to use it, do you have friends you can trade certain things off with? I tend to get a lot of eyeshadows, but they don’t always work on me… but Immaculate Friend wears eyeshadow daily, and loves new colours. A spritz of alcohol to the top is all it needs to help ensure sterility, and neither of us wear makeup if we think we’re sick. Lotions, same thing. One of us finds out we have an allergy, the other can usually use it. Or one of her roommates can use it. No reason to let things expire between friends! >D
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  6. Arti says:

    What a lovely idea. Lol. So simple but I never thought of it so I’m usually racking my brains to remember when I started using some stuff. And if I really can’t remember n I have too many new ones, the old ones get thrown away (better safe than sorry) but I think I end up wasting alot. Lol!

  7. Sesame says:

    Yes, sometimes I pass it to friends but skincare is quite sensitive in the sense that it may not work for some skin types. Makeup is easier in that sense to swop.

  8. Sesame says:

    Yeah, labeling keeps out the guesswork. ?

  9. Long Beach SkinCare Expert says:

    This is one part of organizing that most of us overlook. I agree that it’s important to keep track of a cosmetic’s first use and expiry date. The cute stickers are very appropriate since no one wants their cosmetics looking like mom’s spice rack. Thanks for the tips! Are these labels only available online?
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  10. Sesame says:

    I guess some retailers might carry it but I’m not sure where from where you’re based.

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