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“That’s Hot.” Makeup Products I Used In My 20s

January 2010

Please, Jesus, help me- this post is going to be way worse than my Makeup Products I Used In High School post.

Please believe me, I am laughing as hard as you are right now, and you have every right to laugh.

MTV’s hit show Jersey Shore had premiered on December 3, 2009, I had just turned 21 on December 14, 2009, and let me tell you worlds were rocked, wigs were snatched, and everyone wanted to be a Guido or Guidette, if you don’t believe me, go check your own photos from this time period.

I had to go perusing some old friend’s Facebook pages to even try and find a photo of me during this time frame, I am not sure where they are all at, maybe the attic, but after just having major surgery I will not be going up there to try and retrieve photos for this satirical yet historically accurate post.

So let’s take a look back at the makeup we used in late 2009 and 2010 to achieve the ultimate orange bronze glow, glitter on our body, sparkly eye look, heavy on the liner, we have all come to loathe!


I do not have a vivid memory as to what foundation I actually used back in these days, as I actually do not think I used one at all. I did, however, use a ton of concealer, pressed, powder, bronzer and blush.

I vividly remember using Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer, this was a brand you could find at Walmart stores, however, I believe, I heard once that Hard Candy was an actual high-end brand sold at makeup counters in large department stores at one point. If anyone can confirm or deny this, please let me know in the comments!

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer

Of course this concealer was applied with the amazing triangle beauty sponges, DRY (internally screaming).


After covering my under eye circles, cystic acne scars, and whatever imperfections I needed to address, I would give myself a generous powdering with my favorite go to pressed powder L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder (with the sponge applicator provided in the packaging of course).

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder

The next product I would apply is a true gem to the makeup community and holds a special place in my heart forever, Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer…

Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer

At this point I had finally invested in some makeup brushes, my firsts included ecoTOOLS with bamboo handles- I actually believe I may still have one or two of these brushes still lying around, they are great quality and last forever.

I would use the largest facial brush and apply my bronzer oh so generously all over my face, with no regard for any contouring, my only goal was to achieve that beautiful orange, bronzed glow.

ecoTOOLS: My First Makeup Brush Set

My second bronzer of choice was Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer + Blush + Eye Shadow, and who doesn’t love a multipurpose product?!

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Bronzer + Blush + Eye Shadow

The next product that you could always find on my makeup table or in my touch up bag was Too Faced Candlelight Glow powder. Now, to be 100% truthful with you, I had no idea what to do with this or how it worked or what it did. I will tell you that I did apply this very generously all over my face for touch ups.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow

My favorite blush was the Hard Candy Baked Blush in Living Doll, again found at Walmart. This was definitely one of those baked blushes that you had to scrape the top layer off of to get any pigment, but this bad boy lasted forever and packed a punch. Again, another product on the glittery shimmery side, but it was all about the shimmer back in 2009 (at least for me).

Hard Candy Baked Blush-Living Doll,


Too Faced’s Natural Eye Palette was the first high end, name brand eyeshadow palette I had ever owned, back in 2009. My bestie (hey Laida!) found these at Sephora, and we thought they were the sh*t, and we rocked the sh*t out of them. I can guarantee you that we both hit pan on “Silk Teddy” and “Nude Beach” very quickly in these palettes, it was definitely our go to all over eye color, I’m talking lid to brow bone coverage.

Too Faced’s Natural Eye Palette

I really loved these palettes so much, they came in a little cardboard box back in the day and there was a little pull-out drawer under the shadows that came with cards showing you where to apply certain colors to create the perfect eye look. I can tell you I certainly did not take the advice on these cards, but it is definitely a nice little touch on Too Faced’s behalf to at least try and teach its customers how to achieve a proper eye look.

Another personal favorite eyeshadow palette frequently used was the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner. This stuff was the best, you got lots of different shades, shimmer and sparkle of course, and you could purchase it at Walmart for probably less than $10. Again, another multipurpose product, that was long-lasting, and a great little drugstore gem.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner

The eyeliner of choice was forever CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eye Pencil in Charcoal, on the top, bottom, and waterline of the eye, always.

Mascara of choice, the ever fabulous L’Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara in Carbon Black. I still absolutely love this mascara to this day and I always have one nice and handy in my makeup bag.

L’Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara-Carbon Black


Lips were always kept cheap and simple, a shimmery gloss or a Wet n Wild $0.99 lipstick from Walmart; the lipstick game started to step up once we discovered Summer Love creamy lipstick by NYX.


I already know its bad and the risk factors and all that jazz, but the tanning salon was where it was at. How else was one supposed to acheieve an orange, bronzy, burnt glow with infinate freckles?

I decided to upgrade to a bronzing bed after using the regular tanning beds after a few years when I wasn’t getting enough bronze. My tanning lotion of choic was and always will be Australian Gold Cheeky Brown Accelerator Plus Bronzer indoor tanning lotion. I am imaginining the smell right now and it brings back memories of high school and tanning daily to get a nice base for vacation or prom.

Australian Gold Cheeky Brown Accelerator Plus Bronzer

Now, on top of our burnt, tan, orange, freckly skin we would apply Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Body Shimmer all over our chest to accentuate our cleavage, probably bought at the Victoria’s Secret Outlet Store or during the annual sale, this product was a must when going out to your favorite dive bar for the night.

To finish off the body, sprits on some Ed Hardy perfume for good measure.

I can’t even think about the fragrance of these ever again…


So the last, and absolute final step to achieve the 2009/2010 going out is to put that straightener on the highest setting, never spray your hair with a heat protectant and just go to town straightining that mane.

Next youre going to tease the sh*t out of your crown area (which I had mine cut specifically for extra lift), spray with some Big Sexy Hair and then back comb it into a nice rats nest then go ahead and smooth out the top of your crown. Add any little bobby pins, head bands, or hair accessories- if you can’t acheieve full excellence on your own you may want to invest in a bumpit.

I hope you enjoyed this nostalgic post on the style trends and make up of the wonderful mid 2000’s, a time I like to fondly look back on and call “The Jersey Shore Days.”

Did you rock any of these looks? Were you as cool as me? Leave me a comment letting me know! I love to reading your comments on my nostalgia posts! Lets reminisce together!

I would like to dedicate this post to my bestie Laida, who lived these days with me and shared many free drinks at a really sh*tty local dive bar- love you pumpkin!

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Who Is She, Tho? – A Personal Hairstyle Reflection

Boy, oh boy, do I have a treat for you…

I was going through old selfies on Snapchat and Instagram I have taken and posted through the years, and I am shook.

Don’t get me wrong, some of them are fire, yet some of them are more along the lines of WTF was she thinking?

I decided, as a fun post, and a reflection on my past hairstyle choices, I would share these hilarious, cringe worthy, photos with you, and we can have a laugh together-on me.

Let’s get in the way, way, back machine and take a look, shall we?


This photo is a huge throwback, but I decided to add it in as a nice little bonus laugh. Seriously? Blowing a kiss, with a down pointed eyeliner wing, metallic Wet n’ Wild lipstick, whilst wearing a Choo Choo Charlie hat… I literally cannot.

End Of Summer 2016

Hi, here I am at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, and yes, I will admit, although it is clearly evident, I was both coloring and cutting my own hair at this point in time. Why? I was saving money for my California trip, of course – Only to have great memories with my bestie and some not so flattering photos of orange home cut hair.

Fall 2016

So, I’m not quite sure how we went from summer of 2016 with the home cut look to this, however, I must have gone and visited a salon because this is a cute look. I like my makeup and sleek hair, and the color is very flattering with my skin tone. This one is a winner.

Early 2017

For some reason, I vividly remember taking this photo, by myself, in a Taco Bell drive through. I had just resigned from a high stress position at a six physician cardiovascular clinic and slunk into a lower level, less stressful position at a small billing company. I was feeling excellent, mentally, physically and spiritually, and started doing my makeup again and experimenting with different hairstyles. Overall, I was feeling good, and I think it shows.

Here I am, at the break table at my new job, clearly feeling myself, hair is cute, color is great and makeup is pretty on point for a person who hates waking up early and having to get ready. I was pretty motivated at this point because I felt like I was starting a healthy chapter in my life-however, it didn’t last nearly as long as I had hoped.

Here we are going for the ombre look- professionally executed this time, still looking cute and happy, the train to crazy town has not yet left the station, we are feeling good.

Okay, she’s starting to go off the rails-look at that thick a** winged eyeliner, she was clearly going through something. She got a bit edgy for a hot moment, love the New York Dolls shirt, not so much of a fan of the extremely dark eye but over all I don’t totally mind it. However, I think it’s pretty evident that the happiness was kind of drained from me at this point. Everything going on in my life, especially with my mental health, came to a boil at the end of 2017 and in the beginning of 2018 I ended up resigning from my position due to a mental health leave which I would struggle with for the next two years until finding stability.

January 2018

Oh kayyyy, what in the Slim Shady is going on here? Why would I think this was a good idea? I felt instant regret after going full on golden blonde, and I had a nice dark blonde band around the crown of my head because my hair was Ombre, prior to this disaster. Clearly, it’s time to start questioning my sanity at this time.

My sweet, sweet, Jessica- why would I request this?

Above, is my most favorite hair stylist that I have ever had in my whole entire life, Jess. I was with her for about six years, until she moved away, and I was really sad. We went from black to blonde to red and everything in between. We were always on some kind of, “Amanda is on her bullsh*t” again journey together. I miss you, Jess!!!

BIG SHOUT OUT to Jess!!! Check her out @jess.maenle on Instagram, she is amazingly brave, talented, and sweet!!!

March 2018

Knowing damn well my goose was cooked with that blonde hair I did what any irrational, mentally ill person would do, I bought a bunch of red boxed hair dye and went to town thinking I was going to look like Pamela Courson, when in reality, I actually ended up looking more like Chucky.

March 2018

I even bought blonde hair extensions and dyed them to match my head. Are you fu*king kidding me? Someone should have sent help.

New York, New York April 2018

So I don’t really mind the red here, it looks like it started to tame down and turned into a nice brown. Makeup looks good, lashes on point, hair extensions looking a lil wack but whatever, it’s not terrible.

Red phase was going strong in the Summer of 2018, I started getting lip injections, (clearly) and my makeup game was getting pretty good, extensions look good- I actually love these photos because you can tell I was really feeling beautiful and confident and just like a bad a** b*tch, overall.

Here we have a new variation of the red phase-black roots. I like how the black root broke up the full on red and gave some dimension to my hair. Although I still do look like Chucky in the first photo with yet another Choo Choo Charlie hat on (and a lace shirt that said NEW YORK whilst on a plane GOING TO NEW YORK), overall not a bad look-hair extensions are better placed and blended, and my eyebrows are on point. Ten out of ten for me.

Fall 2018

At this point, the red phase has phased out of my life, probably due to the fact that it was so expensive to keep up with as the red color would immediately wash out of my hair within a week or two. I decided to go with black all over, and I met a great friend, Charmel at my now, third job, since we started this journey, and she gave me a very beautiful sew in weave.

BIG SHOUT OUT to Melly Mel!!! Check her out @xtravagantmel_ on Instagram, she is so sweet and amazing and does the most beautiful work!!!

Umm… so, I DID, stupidly cut the weave out of my hair myself, and I’m just going to say… get someone to help you, because I cut out some crucial pieces on accident, and aged myself from 29 years old to approximately 37 years old with a snip of the scissors to the dome.

Spring 2019

Okay, so this is first day job number five in three years, from when we started this post, and just an FYI there will be two more jobs to be had after this post is finished, I apologize to my family and friends for the embarrassment my mental state has caused them since 2017.

With that being said, I was making fun of this hairstyle last night, but honestly now that I am looking at it again with fresh eyes, I don’t hate it. I like a short and full cut, styled kind of messy, and I was getting back into trying to lighten my hair up after box dying my whole head black.

I mean there’s only so many miracles God can work in a day, so to be fair and honest, this isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen.

Summer 2019

I remember deciding to cut my hair really short while looking at Pinterest while waiting in the lobby of the psychiatrists’ office, and instead of talking about my meds that day, maybe we should have talked about my personal choices. Again, not horrible, don’t really know what I was trying to accomplish here, possibly something edgy… I’ve got a Led Zeppelin shirt on (yes, I do listen to the band, I am not a poser), eyebrows have been microbladed very nicely, got a bit of a sun burn… I think I was trying to attempt something new, so whatever, at least I’m brave.

Savannah, Georgia, February 2020

Here we are, pre-COVID pandemic, and now have circled back to the ombre phase. I had traveled to Florida to visit my bestie for her 30th birthday, and we took a little road trip from Jacksonville, FL to Savannah, GA to check it out as neither of us had ever been. I vividly recall, on the airplane back to Detroit, people wearing masks and thinking “whatever, this isn’t even going to be a thing…” boy was I ever wrong.

May 2021

After living through quarantine and the beginning of the COVID Pandemic, my then boyfriend and I got engaged, and I decided to just go very natural with my hair and not touch the length in preparation for the wedding. I wanted my hair to be natural with a hint of red, which I was able to achieve. I had gotten my hair professionally done maybe twice and then decided to just keep dying it myself using quality products and not just a box dye. So every few weeks I made the trip to Sally’s, bought the color, the developer, gloves, bottle, bowl, brush, etc. and did an over all color, which I kept up from February 2021 to my wedding in October 2021.

I had to add a bit of length to my hair to achieve the look I wanted with the low bun, so I did use extensions that I had to dye and prepare myself. It took me three times to get the color saturated enough, as I purchased blonde extensions, which were 14 inches.

So, the big question is… where are we at now with our hair journey?

New York, New York, February 2022

I’m loving the length, the color, my hair is healthy, even though it is falling out at an alarming rate. Middle part looks cute and stylish… I have to say, I feel good.

Will I f*ck it up again soon? Of course.

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Nostalgia Time!- Makeup Products I Used In High School

Napoleon Dynamite 2004

Oh, high school… what can I say?

My high school years spanned from 2003-2007, what a time to be a teenager… we had Myspace, Napoleon Dynamite had just come out, took our digital cameras with us everywhere, uploaded our photos to Photobucket, downloaded our music from Napster and burned mixed CD’s for our besties. We wore airbrushed tips on our acrylic nails, had chunky blonde and red highlights in our hair, and of course – the Juicy Couture tracksuit.

I decided to do a fun post looking back on the past and what makeup products I used back when I was a teenager with no YouTube beauty gurus teaching me how to do my makeup.

Let me tell you, it was a bit difficult trying to find some of these products as they have been discontinued, but I tried my best, dug around a bit, and I think I was able to nail it down pretty well.

So, without further without further ado, here is my every day look back in high school:

Legitimately, so embarrassing.

*CLEARLY,* I had not discovered Crest White Strips yet.

Disclaimer: I never said the quality of digital cameras back in the day took the best photos, but I tried my best to adjust the photos as needed to show the “main look” I wore EVERY SINGLE DAY.

So, here are the products I looked to acheieve this amazing, purple, heavy on the eyeliner, every day look:

Step One: Start off with a blue eyeshadow base

Honestly, I didn’t even know that using a base was an actual makeup trick.

The base I would use was from Avon that my mom bought me for Christmas one year:

I couldn’t find the exact crème eyeshadow from Avon, because from what I remember it was in a tube, this was the closest thing that I could find to what the actual product was this. However, the color in the right photo seems to be more accurate (a powder baby blue) than the color in the left photo. I believe I am right to assume that this product has been discontinued.

Application technique, you ask? Use your damn fingers because you won’t be getting any makeup brushes until your late teen years.

Step two: Apply that eyeshadow

My every day, go to eyeshadow was CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow #570 in the shade Violete Frappe

CoverGirl can you bring this back, please?

Application technique? Use that little black sponge applicator that came with the package.

Yep, this one:


I think at the time, I had one makeup brush, it was an eyeshadow brush that I used for my under eye concealer, so it was crucial to use the applicator in the eyeshadow package.

Step three: Overline your eyes top and bottom:

My eyeliner of choice, for many years, was CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus in black

I remember this eyeliner going on super smooth and loved that it had an “eraser” as well. It had the twist up self sharpener, but if you let the eyeliner get too long, it would break off on your eyelid while trying to apply it, which is, of course, is never pleasant.

Step four: Apply mascara as little as possible without getting close to the lash line

Now, why wouldn’t I use Maybelline Great Lash Mascara?

With much confidence, I think I can say that most of you had this bad boy in your makeup bag or Kaboodle at one point or another.

Step five: Conceal those under eyes

My product of choice was CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Concealer

I believe I first acquired this from my grandmother when she accidentally bought the wrong shade, and it was too light for her complexion. I distinctly remember the accidentally twisting the blue cap too hard putting it back on, and it cracked, at that point I stopped using the doe foot applicator and started using an eyeshadow brush to apply the product to my dark under eye circles.

Step Six: Paint that face

Another CoverGirl product here, CoverGirl Clean Makeup Foundation

NOT my shade.

Foremost- 145 warm beige was definitely not the shade that I was using, I am very fair skinned, so I would have been going with something way lighter than this, however, it was the only picture I could find whilst digging around on the internet, but you get the point. I think that the only reason I used this was because my Mom did as well, and if it’s good enough for Mom, it’s good enough for me.

Application technique? Rub that sh*t in all over your face with your fingers, that’s how. Do you think I had access to some kind of Beauty Blender in the early 2000’s- hell naw.

Step Seven: Powder that face-all day long

CoverGirl CG Smoothers Pressed Powder

I can still smell this.

At this point I’m just going to let you all know, this is not sponsored by CoverGirl and I think, at the time, I may have thought that CoverGirl was the only brand of makeup that existed.

I can literally still smell this to this very day, and I loved the way it smelled for some reason – does CoverGirl Pressed Powder still have that scent to it in present day? Can I get a candle with that scent?

Application technique? You use that powder puff inside until all the oils on your face make it greasy and hardens the powder, by that time you’ll have hit pan, and it’ll be time to by a new compact anyway.

Step eight: Add a peach blush wherever you think it’s supposed to go

My choice of blush was CoverGirl (of course) Cheekers in any peach tone they had at the time, I’m not exactly sure if this was the actual shade I used, but it is close enough

Application technique: Use the brush they gave you, dummy.

That concludes my step into the way, way, back machine to a really sh*tty time in my life-the high school years.

What made it shitty? -Not just this makeup and my lack of knowledge of makeup application, but just the whole experience itself. From not having many friends, not being able to connect with others, to just growing up in general, high school was just not a fun experience for me and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I was never into sports or extracurricular activities, I didn’t have many interests, and to be honest, and fair, I wasn’t really an outgoing person at all. I never went to any football games, and only attended homecoming my freshman year because my older cousin and best friend were seniors. Surprisingly, I DID actually attend prom but with a very small group of girlfriends. If given the opportunity to go back in time to any point in my life, I would never choose my high school years – EVER.

What were you guys like in high school? Did you love your high school years or wish they never happened? Leave me a comment with your experiences, I would love to hear them!