Ah, high school that horrid awkward period in time where you have no idea who you are, what you are doing, or your place in the world. You really can’t go anywhere because you can’t drive, you hardly have money because you aren’t yet old enough to have a job, yet some how, you manage to get through it and become an adult. I never would imagine I would have already had a ten year class reunion, in which I didn’t attend, because I don’t really care to re-live the past. My point is, time goes by so quickly, everything changes, that includes our makeup products and brands. I look back and laugh at how I use to do my makeup-contouring with SPARKLY BLUSH?! Where was the makeup police? In my defense ten years ago there were no beauty gurus to learn from, no how to tutorials, unless you wanted to look in Teen Cosmo, or 17 magazine, you may have been able to find some tips and tricks which, looking back were very minimal focusing on A LOT of glitter and lip gloss.
I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the products I used when I first started to wear makeup full time, in which I believe was, 10th grade. Lets see if any of you old school bloggers remember any of these products or used them yourselves!
If you want to achieve this amazing look from the early 2000’s keep reading:
Since I knew my mom and Nana used Covergirl, that meant I felt like should use it too and let me just say, I LOVE the smell of Covergirl. I could never get sick of it…I don’t know what it is but I, still, to this day, I am still compelled to pick up a compressed powder package and smell it. Ah, the sweet smell of high school.
I didn’t even understand the concept of a sponge applicator or a makeup brush, therefore, this was applied with my hands (gag)!!!!!!
I would then set the foundation with the pressed powder using the powder puff inside until it was nasty and unusable anymore. My face was super oily back in those days and I learned from my cousin to pack my pressed powder in my purse and touch up my face to help blot the oil, a trick I still do to this day. My mother, who taught me the makeup basics, unbeknownst to her, had normal/dry skin and could get away without having to touch up her makeup during the day.
My next discovery was concealer. I have always had dark circles under my eyes that made me look like I hadn’t slept a day in my life (runs in the family) once I finally was given some concealer that was a wrap. I believe my Nana, Carolyn, gave me my first bottle as she got a shade too light for her, and I started to use the hell out of it. I would use this small red eye shadow brush as kind of a “foundation brush” and blend it all in. I remember it looking so good that people were complimenting me on how good and different my face looked!
So this combo was WAAAAAY ahead of its time as far as base colors and primers go-at least for me. For Christmas one year my mom bought me a cream eyeshadow in a blue color from Avon, the above picture was the closest thing I could find to the same product, which is really good seeing that its been fifteen years since I’ve used it! Anyway, at first I would use it alone, but noticed it got creased and cakey, so I quit using it all together…
Until I found this gem…
I will never forget, this color was called “Violet Frappe” and I LOVED IT. I still love it to this day. It has such a nice lavender color with a pearlescent look to it. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Covergirl still carries this shade.
I got smart and started to use this over the blue cream eye shadow and BOOM! A PERFECT COMBO! I would say that was my signature look in high school, my purple eye shadow.
I am known by my friend as “the only person I know who doesn’t wear eyeliner on the bottom” and there is a very good reason for that, my eyeliner will run and bleed into my naturally creased under eye as well as in the corner of my eye. However, when I started wearing eyeliner it was strictly, only on the bottom waterline. My friend at the time used this eyeliner and recommended it to me and I fell in love with it. I still love it to this day even though I don’t use it much anymore. I liked the fact that it didn’t need to be sharpened, and that there was a sponge on the end for clean up.
Things got controversial with my mom when I started wearing eyeliner on the top of my lids. I remember seeing Hillary Duff’s makeup and wanted to replicate her look, I put eyeliner on my lids and I remember my mom coming in my room and said “OH SO YOU’RE WEARING EYELINER ON TOP NOW!?!?!?!???” I didn’t care, I felt so cool and so pretty. I added that to my eye makeup repertoire and I was the baddest bitch on the block.
How could I forget the finishing touches on my purple eye look?!-Great Lash Mascara by Maybelline. I have to admit, this may be controversial, but I HAAAAAATE this mascara now, cannot stand it. However, through my younger years the price was right and it did its job.
I used these trio’s for my cheeks, but mostly in lighter shades because I, of course, didn’t know what I was doing and did not know that the other colors could be used to define the face such as contour. I would just apply to the apples of my cheeks and be on my way! I even used the little brush that came with it!
Lastly, I know this isn’t makeup related, but I just thought, as a bonus, I would mention my most favorite shampoo and conditioner brand Thermasilk. I am SOOOOO bummed they no longer make this product! It was a heat activated shampoo/conditioner that made your hair so soft when you used heat styling tools on your hair- such as a blow dryer or straightener. Even if you just let your hair air dry after using this you would still have the softest hair EVER. I remember in gym class in middle school, we had to swim and took showers afterwards. I didn’t bring any shampoo that day and a friend let me use hers, I was instantly hooked! I also got my mom hooked on it too!
As a bonus I would like to mention my OTHER favorite hair products, the original Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioners. The pink was always my favorite! I was so glad to see these come back. I don’t use them anymore but I do remember holding them in high regard as a teen!
For those of you who stuck it out until the end of this long story, I hope you enjoyed taking a stroll down memory lane with me! 🙂