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Throwback Thursday: the Beauty Products that Make You Feel Like a Teenager Again
Thu, 17 January 2013 11:53AM
Never mind feeling like a teenager, I’m looking like a school kid today, thanks a blemish bang smack in the middle of my cheek. Fortunately now, unlike back then, I’ve become well-versed in the art of concealing an angry spot, along with the makeup products to use and avoid. But still. I feel like I’m 15.
While reminiscing teenage days this week, particularly when the aforementioned (and unwelcome) spot decided to stop by for a long-term visit, I thought back to the other products that fostered my love of beauty.
The Topsytail had to be one – remember that clever little tool that had a surge in popularity towards the end of last year? I felt like I was in Year 6 again, Billabong pencil case in hand and swaggering around with that swishy, too-cool-for-school ponytail. While I’m not sure it will land a permanent place in my hairstyle repertoire, it was a moment of my youth I rather enjoyed reliving for a second.
Have I begun to stir up a few high school memories? Good. Here are a few more. You’ll be planning a Saturday night in, face mask in place with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on the TV in no time …
Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Anti-Stress Mud Masque, $3.95, Priceline
How much does this take you back to trips to the local shopping mall after school? Mum used to buy me one of these around once a month, and I can still remember trawling through the aisle at Priceline. I’d always pink the best colour and the one that would make me feel like a grown-up in a day spa, and not necessarily the one suited to my teen skin. I tried the Anti-Stress Mud Masque a few weeks back, designed to draw out any impurities and clean out gunk from blocked pores – pretty much my skincare concerns in a nutshell. While during high school I was more excited about the pretty packaging, as far as how the product actually worked, I was surprised at how silky-soft my skin felt post-use. After slathering on the thick, blue goop, I even experienced that tingly feeling (the good kind) which always makes me feel like a product is doing its job. At $3.95, it’s always to have one on hand for emergencies. Bonus points for the vegetarian certification, no testing on animals, and because they contain no chemicals means they are suitable for most vegans, too. Good one.
VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oil, $6.99, Priceline
Remember how we used to run these under the hot water tap to activate them? Along with the face mask, hot oils and I usually had a hot date on a Sunday night. Reason being, I had swimming training before school most mornings, and word amongst parents around the pool was that oils helped remove chlorine build-up better than shampoo. I’m guessing I skipped that green hair stage because of these babies. Good work, mum. Since I still do a hair treatment once a week anyway, I thought I’d give one a go – at $6.99 for a pack of four, who was I to say no? Because my hair is on the oily side, I skipped my roots and applied the hot oil to my mid-lengths and ends, finding that not only was my hair silkier and easier to manage, it banished any summer frizz and pesky flyaways. Add a set to your beauty bag, stat.
Lip Smacker Classic Balm, $3.35, Priceline
Before I was allowed to wear a slick of bright lipstick, my tiny pink beauty bag was filled with Lip Smackers in every colour, flavour and consistency available. I still, however, have the Lip Smacker Classic Balm hanging around at home – I love the Watermelon flavour – as they still to this day keep my lips soft and smelling sweet, too. Nowadays, though, Lip Smackers are way cooler, and have teamed up with Paul Frank for super-cute collections, which you could always say you were, uh, buying for a little sister. However if you really wanted to head back to 1999, there’s a Lip Smacker Original & Best Trio Collection, $9.95 – an Original Lip Smacker, Liquid Lip Smacker and Squeezy Lip Smacker in one set. Adorable. Or, as I would say back in the day: Ace.
Tell me, Primpers, what are the beauty products that you used as a teen and still used today?
Do you remember any of these?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett