Beauty Products From My Teens

Tuesday, 16 February 2016
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Time for a little trip down memory lane, looking at all the beauty products I remember using in my teen years.


I have to say, I wasn't one of those teenagers who went to school with a full face of makeup.  I didn't become dependent on foundation until I was in my early 20's, but the days when I *did* wear foundation I, like most teenage girls in the late 90's/early 00's, used Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse.  Was there ever a more terrible foundation?  Hahah!  It was literally like rubbing chocolate mousse on your face, and as no one could ever seem to get the right shade, sometimes the colour was close to chocolate too.

I barely wore mascara in my teens, but if I did, it was usually BRIGHT BLUE.  Such a good look.  Talking of mascara, does anyone remember hair mascara?  Mmm crispy rainbow strands of hair hanging down the side of your face (normally accompanied by a scraped high pony).

My lips were always fairly natural - clear lipgloss all the way.  I also remember that I had the Bourjois menthol lipgloss that I used a lot in my late teens - the mint made your lips puff out giving you that collagen look without the injections.  Mmm lovely sticky lips!


Like most 90s/00s teens I was all about Impulse body sprays.  I remember always having at least 5 on the go at a time, the cans all lined up nicely in colour order on my shelf.  Did anyone else have the Spice Girls limited edition ones??

When I wasn't using Impulse I had this tropical scented body spray which I think was either from Boots or the Body Shop, but annoyingly I can't remember exactly.  It smelt DIVINE.  Occasionally I've buy something now that smells vaguely like it and I'm immediately transported back to my teens.  I remember it was in a clear bottle with a pink label, and it was like a spritz rather than an aerosol.  Does anyone else remember it??  I feel like lots of girls at my school used the same one so it must have been popular at the time, but Google has not been helpful!


Speaking of scents, another scent that instantly makes me think of my teens is the old formula Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioners.  The re-released these quite recently, as I remember excitedly buying a bottle of the shampoo and it still smelling the same.

Another hair product I used to use a lot in my teens was the Lee Stafford heat protective spray.  I went through sooooo many bottles of this, and it's another one with a very distinctive smell.  I've bought a few Lee Stafford products in recent years and again the scent always takes me back.

What beauty products remind you of your teen years?

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