I think my love affair with beauty products started in the pages of (the now defunct) Barbie Magazine. My 10-year-old self would pour over each and every product in the hopes that I could save enough pocket money to buy them. There were glitter rollerballs and shiny lipglosses, body sprays and shimmer creams—I was obsessed with them all. Fast forward 15 years and I write about beauty products for a living—how fitting.
Seeing as February is the month of love, I thought it fun to take a trip down memory lane and pay tribute to all of the beauty products I first fell for, hard. Of course, there were Lip Smackers, celebrity fragrances, and a whole lot of glitter (I was a child of the '90s, FYI).
Keep reading for all of the nostalgia.
Ah, the Maybelline Great Lash. The OG, and the best. The green and pink tube is iconic, and it's not a bad mascara. You can still pick one up at Priceline, actually.
If you asked me what my signature scent was between the years of 2007 and 2009, it was Fancy, by Jessica Simpson. It was fairy floss-sweet and $29 from the chemist. If I ever found it, I'd buy another just for kicks.
Lancome Juicy Tubes were the business—it really is a shame they were discontinued. They were so sticky your hair was permanently attached to your mouth, but that shine. They were 100 percent worth it.
Ah, the humble Bubblegum Lipsmacker. This was one of the first beauty products I actually owned. They were a little drying, but no schoolbag was complete without one. One of the greatest joys of my pre-teen life was picking up exotic flavours on overseas family trips (Hello, Dr Pepper and Grape Fanta).
The Nivea Young range was one of my first forays into skincare. There was something so grown-up feeling about applying face moisturiser? Mostly, I just liked the smell.
So, this was my first designer fragrance. My dad got it for me for my 11th birthday, and I loved that soft, vanilla scent more than life itself. And the bottle cap? I wore it as a ring (true story).
Who else pulled these out at every sleepover? First, you'd boil the kettle, before placing the little tube in the boiled water so the oil treatment was hot. The application was mostly trying to not burn yourself before you shampoo out. For 13-year-old me, this was seriously high-tech beauty.